Make friends around the pool; sit in the shade of your private pergola. Wherever you stay – in the 18th-century farmhouse or the building alongside – the grounds are gorgeous and the interiors first class. What’s more, Marian welcomes you with smiles and a big hamper of fruits from the farm.
Beyond the peach orchards you can see the hills: Arezzo at one end, Cortona the other. Set off on the bikes for pastries in Pieve al Toppo (‘Panificio Fratelli Pierozzi’ is unmissable) or stroll across the lawns to take breakfast on the loggia. For groups, twice-weekly dinners are an option, and local wines are for sale.
Walk from the door along the Sentiero della Bonifica; it stretches 60km. Shop and eat in the lovely hilltop town of Civitella, and marvel at the views from the great fortress of Montalcino; children love it.